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The 7th edition of the course "3D Geometric Morphometrics" has opnened registration. Dates: December 11th-15th, 2017
Instructor: Dr Melissa Tallman (Grand Valley State University, USA).

Place: Facilities of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont,,C/ de l'Escola Industrial, n⁰ 23 08201 Sabadell, Barcelona.

Registration and more info: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/geometric-morphometrics/3d-geometric-morphometrics/

PROGRAM:

Types of data acquisition: Using a microscribe. Collecting CT scans & Surface Scans. - Demonstration of Stratovan Checkpoint.

Brief Review of Fundamentals of Morphometrics: - How to choose landmarks. - Generalized Procrustes Analysis. - Other types of alignment. - Thin plate spline warping. Processing Microscribe data. - Using DVLR to merge two views. - Using resample to resample a line. Using Landmark Editor to collect data on surfaces. - Sliding semi-landmarks (using R geomorph package).

  • How to do a precision test on 3D data.
  • Data exploration: PCA analyses: Using Morphologika. Using MorphoJ. Between-group PCAs. PCAs in Procrustes form space.
  • Visualizing shape change: Using MorphoJ in conjunction with Landmark Editor. Making calculations and visualizing shape changes in PCA morphospace. Calculating PCA scores post hoc.
  • Data exploration: Regressions. Visualizing change that is associated with size (MorphoJ). Removing change associated from size from your data (MorphoJ). Common allometric trajectories. Comparing vector directions. Extracting linear dimensions from 3D data and using them as covariates.
  • Data exploration: PLS analyses. Using MorphoJ to mean center (or not). Visualizing shape change in Landmark editor.
  • Data exploration: Phylogeny. Visualizing shape changes in MorphoJ along a tree. Importing covariates and visualizing shape change associated with taxonomy (using MorphoJ). Creating a phyomorphospace. Correcting for phylogeny in PCA.
  • Data interpretations: Using mean configurations (PAST) and Procrustes distances. Minimum spanning trees. Variability within a sample (comparing fossil distributions to extant distributions).
  • Retrodeformation.
This course is organized by Transmitting Science, the Institut Català de Paleontologia.


Rohlf medal
The first presentation of the Rohlf Medal was made to Fred L. Bookstein on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Stony Brook University. The 2013 recipient was Paul O'Higgins. The presentation was made on October 24, 2013. The title of his lecture was "The measure of things: pattern, process and morphometry". The 2015 recipient was Benedikt Hallgrímsson. It was presented on October 26, 2015 at Stony Brook University. More information about the awards including photos and links to the videos of the lectures are available here.

Nominations for the 2017 award can be made here - but not until January 2017. Repeat nominations do not need to include the full package of reprints and letters of reccomendation - just a letter making the case for the nominee in 2017.

Tax deductable donations to the Rohlf Medal fund can be made securely through the Stony Brook Foundation website.


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